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Down the Gasoline Trail


Published 1935


Producer's synopsis: "Real photography and cartoon animation tell what happens to a drop of gasoline from the time it is put into the gasoline tank of a Chevrolet to the time it brings to life all the power of the Valve-In-Head engine."

06:13:07:10 06:13:13:08 "CU disembodied hand of man putting gas pump into tank of 1930s Chevrolet / year 1936 indicated on license plate / ""gasoline, liquid power…"" AUDIO"
06:13:13:10 06:13:15:29 CU car dashboard instrument indicating fuel tank on empty
06:13:18:08 06:13:21:19 LA CU running gas pump showing increasing gallons pumped + cost of sale
06:13:35:12 06:13:54:06 ANIMATION / CU drops of gasoline dripping from hose into fuel tank / drop metamorphoses into droplet character who dives into the car's gas tank
06:13:55:22 06:14:15:25 "ANIMATION / gasoline in gas tank / droplet character reading sign ""To Gas Line"" + diving in gasoline "
06:14:16:20 06:14:26:02 "ANIMATION / LS TS droplet character swimming in the ""Gas Line"" pipe"
06:14:40:17 06:14:45:24 ANIMATION / LS droplet character swimming in car's gas pipe / droplet diving in + out of water / shaking its buttocks mid-air
06:15:09:10 06:15:15:25 "ANIMATION / VS POV moving down stream through gas line passing by sign for ""Curve"" + ""To Fuel Pump"""
06:16:25:20 06:16:50:15 ANIMATION / LS droplet character trying to swim through screen / ZI droplet struggling stuck in screen / slipping through + floating away smiling looking relieved
06:17:08:00 06:17:14:17 "ANIMATION / gas flowing through pipe past sign ""To Carburetor"" / ZI down pipe"


Producer Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2016
Subject: Cute animation about cruelty to gas drops!
In this very cute animated film we find out how gas is disttributed to make engines go. Chevrolet has done this type of film before, making the most complex automotive functions palatable on film to the general public. Another example of this is 'Around The Corner' about turning axles. Here, we follow a cute frop of gasoline (which is white, almost sperm like.. this point makes the whole film almost sexual) as we follow it's way down it's many curves of an engine ultimately to be VAPORIZED! But don't worry, as all of this nastiness is neatly explained away. The droplet is HAPPY to be vaporized1 A rather bizarre little short. Reccomended!
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